Hedge fund AIS Capital Management has sued five banks for allegedly manipulating gold prices.
The firm alleges that Barclays, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Holdings, Bank of Nova Scotia and Société Générale “combined, conspired and agreed with one another and unnamed co-conspirators to manipulate the prices of gold and gold derivatives contracts.” The five banks set London’s benchmark gold fix price.
According to the suit, which seeks class-action status, the banks have been manipulating gold prices since 2004, and continue to do so. The illicit activities occur during twice-daily conference calls to set the price, during which “anomalous” price movements suggest manipulation, AIS said.
AIS’s Gold Fund lost 67% last year.